Ex-Israeli P.M. Cleared of Corruption

    Flanked by security , former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert waves as he leaves the Jerusalem district court following his arraignment on July 10, 2012. An Israeli court acquitted Olmert on two key corruption charges and found him guilty on a lesser charge, media reported.  AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    After three years as prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert resigned in 2008 amid a high-profile corruption scandal. Now Olmert has been cleared on two charges of corruption. He was convicted on a third, less drastic charge—of breach of trust—which he’s expected to appeal. Before stepping down, Olmert’s tenure included major peace talks with Palestinians that were broken by the 2008–09 Israeli winter offensive in Gaza and have been pretty much stalled ever since. Though Olmert still actually has another corruption scandal underway—he’s being charged with taking bribes as mayor of Jerusalem—today’s news might spark talk of his potential comeback.

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